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    What tools and materials are needed to install tiles


    Hi there, I’m thinking of having tiles installed on my property soon. Just wondering, what tools and materials are needed to install tiles atop sand and cement screeds? Thanks for your time.

    Asked by Joyce on 15th Dec 2021
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    Eye of the Tiler

    "You will need a tile cutter: The size and type of which depends on the size and type of the tile. For natural stone tiles, you will need a wet saw which can be very expensive. A grinder is very useful to have such as a cordless battery powered one for cutting tiles to fit around plug sockets and pipes etc. For making holes in tiles you will need a diamond drill bit and drill with a wet sponge to help make an accurate hole. You will need tile adhesive but for beginners, I would not recommend a rapid set one. You will also need grout to fill in between the gaps and spacers to make the gaps even. Levellers are also good to make sure the tiles are level and depending on the surface quality you may want to put an underlay on first such as Ditra Matt. I also use a felt tip non-permanent marker pen to make marks where I want to cut the tile. PPE is also very important such as ear defenders, a dust mask and eye protection"

    Answered on 4th Jan 2022 - Member since Oct 2021 - report
    DB Services

    "You'll need a mallet to press the tiles down, a tile cutter to cut the tiles into the right size, a tiling trowel to spread out the adhesive evenly, a spirit level to check how level the tile is on the floor, a grouting trowel to put grout between the tiles once you're done."

    Answered on 6th Jan 2022 - Member since Aug 2021 - report
    Ceramics&marble Ltd

    Materials we need, primer, adhesive, tiles, grout, spacers and clips levelling for tiles.
    Tools we need, trowel and trowel with 10mm teeth, grinder, tiles cuter, mixer adhesive and full PPI"

    Answered on 4th Jan 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
    TOP CAT building and maintenance

    "Hi, materials will be tiles, tile adhesive and grout. Grout sealer

    Tools for the jobs
    Tile spacers, tile levellers, adhesive notched spreader and grout spreader.

    Hope this helps thanks Heath"

    Answered on 5th Jan 2022 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
    Angle Tiling

    "Remove any debris including dust and loose bodies
    Apply a suitable primer using a brush or roller. Apply a second coat when the first coat is dry
    Mix the tile adhesive in a bucket. Put the water in the bucket first, gradually adding the powder adhesive till the consistency is correct. (Be guided by the instructions on the bag of powder) Use a mechanical mixer for best results
    Apply adhesive using a bucket trowel, spreading evenly using a notched 10m/m trowel.
    Position each tile in the cement, pressing firmly and slightly twisting to attain a good grip
    Leave for 24 hours before grouting.
    Apply 2 coats of grout sealer"

    Answered on 4th Jan 2022 - Member since Aug 2021 - report

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